Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Goblin Count Updated In Virginia

SANDLICK - After being shot in the leg and scared that he and his wife would would be killed by the two men who had held them hostage for two hours as they ransacked their home, Clyde Colley decided to defend his life and home, investigators say. Now, one Kentucky man is dead and another is in jail on a long list of charges. Colley, 84, is in Dickenson Community Hospital recovering from the gunshot wound.
Kim du Tuit would appreciate this.

< style="font-weight: bold;">Mrs. Colley answered a knock on her door that night to find Sexton standing outside it, said Hall. After showing her the gun he carried, Sexton allegedly forced his way into the home, then used a walkie-talkie to notify Howard he was inside.

Mrs. Colley told police Sexton was wearing a toboggan when she answered the door. When he entered the home, however, he pulled it over his face and she saw it was actually a ski mask. Hall said Howard then entered the home, his face also covered by a ski mask, and began ordering the Colleys around, telling them to get on the floor.
Wearing a "Toboggan"? Obviously, this has an entirely different connotation in Virginia!

During their ordeal, the elderly couple was reportedly held at gun point by one of the intruders while the other went through their home and vandalized it. At some point during the vandalism, Sexton allegedly shot Mr. Colley
No 'justification' for this shooting is proposed in the bare-bones article, but you can go read the whole thing ... maybe you can make more sense out of it.

Here's the "Money Quote"
When officers Scottie Owens and Brett Stallard arrived at the Colley home, they found Hubert Howard Jr., 39, of Letcher County, Ky., dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the shot was fired from a .38-caliber special that belongs to Colley.
It's not clear how this happened, given that the original article said:
Hall said Mr. Colley told investigators later that he knew he and his wife were in grave danger, and he also knew where he could get to a gun in his home.

So he told the intruders he wasn't feeling well and needed to sit down. The elderly man was then able to get to his gun and fired a shot at Howard, said Hall. That shot missed, so Colley fired again, this time wounding Howard, according to Hall.
So what's the REAL story?
Apparently, Howard was 'wounded', but later died from his head wound.

And what happened to the other assailant, Sexton?

Sexton is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, two counts of burglary, maliciously shooting with intent to kill, use of a firearm while committing a felony and unlawfully shooting Colley in the commission of a felony.
The really GOOD news (besides that the score of Victims: 1.5, Goblins 0) is that since someone died during the felonious assault, the 'accomplice' may be subject to charges of "murder during commission of a felony". This ups the score to Victims: 2, Goblins 0.

This is A Good Thing, and just might provide future wannabe Goblins in Virginia with cause to rethink their plans to assault Old Virginians.

I don't have an AK, as does Kim, but it's clearly time for someone to perform the Happy Dance!

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